When we reflect on praying, we tend to overlook the relevance of corporate prayer. For instance, when calamity occurs in one’s life, corporate prayer becomes a necessity. Unlike the casual rendering of words that we do in a public forum at a football game, we need to understand how to nurture corporate prayers. Persons often reach toward others for prayer because they realize the helplessness of independence and long for the renewed strength in unity. Basically, corporate prayer allows others to hear a unison effort of petitioning God when faced with life’s burdens instead of a mundane formality. Just think how encouraging when you hear your name approaching the throne of grace in a consortium, orchestrated effort by a group of believers
In Acts 12, you see a glimpse of corporate prayer at its best. The setting occurred during the early church when Herod was pleasing the religious leaders who requested his assistance in silencing the new found worshippers of Jesus Christ that. So he killed James and immediately his popularity rose among the Jews. Then, he centered his attention on Peter another leader within this group. Herod intended the same consequences, but instead of immediately putting him to death he placed Peter in prison with plans of an execution after the Passover. This horrendous action led the believers toward corporate prayer. According to Act 12:5, “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” The Message version suggested that they prayed for Peter most strenuously.
Scripture reveals three keys for corporate prayer. First, one must display humbleness while praying as noted in James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Second, prayers lead to truthfulness as noted in Psalms 145:18, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon Him in truth.” Finally, pray with boldness as explained in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” As believers, we should exercise corporate prayer in the spirit of humility, truthfulness, and boldness, positive outcome will service unlike reciting chosen words from the hymnal during church services.
Remember, corporate prayer consists of a multi-faceted, pleading from all participants toward a specific desire. This collective group enters into a conscious and intimate relationship with God, the Father, for a specific solution like in Acts 12. So I challenge you to exercise corporate prayer with humility, truthfulness, and boldness when facing calamity in our lives.